Hospitality leader establishes ’employee board’ to drive staff engagement
Jun15

Hospitality leader establishes ’employee board’ to drive staff engagement

Hospitality group Kew Green Hotels has announced it has established its first Employee Board, an early adoption in the UK hospitality industry. The company already drive employee engagement with staff awards and an industry leading cultural training programme. The new board has been established with the goal of ensuring all employees have a channel through which to have their voices heard, and to help employees have a direct and...

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Is your watch watching you? Worker worries over ‘big brother’ wearables
Jun15

Is your watch watching you? Worker worries over ‘big brother’ wearables

Majority of workers (51%) in favour of workplace wearables However significant fears over ‘big brother’ surveillance and data hacks Employee wellness voted top potential benefit, not without doubts Concerns over impact on stress and mental health In an Office Genie survey of 1,000 people currently working in Britain, half (51%) believe wearables are beneficial in the workplace. And respondents in the youngest and oldest age brackets...

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Wages, workloads and friendship wars – the top causes of office conflict
Jun12

Wages, workloads and friendship wars – the top causes of office conflict

Unfair workloads and inequality between colleagues are the leading causes of workplace conflict, according to new research. A study of 1,000 UK adults in full or part-time employment – conducted by Cascade HR as part of The Conflict Report 2017 – found that differences in working hours or taking on bigger workload sizes are the biggest causes of squabbles for almost 1 in 3 (32%) UK colleagues. Gossip and rumours were the second...

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One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact
Jun12

One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact

Employers are using quick-fix perks in an attempt to boost employee morale as a result of political and economic uncertainty, a new study reveals. The study shows that more one-off benefits—such as early finishes, company drinks or team lunches—have been offered by employers in the past year. Yet for 43% of those surveyed that had received these perks they are not having a sustained impact on their happiness, prompting a call for...

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The deceptively simple approach that managers are overlooking: simply saying thanks
May31

The deceptively simple approach that managers are overlooking: simply saying thanks

A new study from Reward Gateway, an employee engagement company, has revealed the disconnect between what employees really want and what their employers think they want. 59% of Brits would rather work for a business with a culture where they received recognition over a higher salary job where they didn’t get any recognition. Nearly half (49%) of employees would leave a company if they didn’t receive recognition. Over 40% of senior...

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Bored to tears: Workplace apathy is causing disengaged workers to look for a new job
May31

Bored to tears: Workplace apathy is causing disengaged workers to look for a new job

New research from CV Library sees workers admitting that they feel bored at work on a daily basis Boredom can affect even the most studious of workers.  Worrying new statistics from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveal that boredom afflicts nearly half of UK workers (44.9%), with 54% admitting that they have looked for a new job as a result of a dull work life. The survey, which asked 1,200 professionals about...

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Why you should go beyond the basics and think about ‘Employee Experience’
May30

Why you should go beyond the basics and think about ‘Employee Experience’

Co-founder of Recruitee.com, Perry Oostdam shares how employers can go beyond just salary and benefits to improve the overall ’employee experience’. The “dream job” is one that doesn’t feel like work, that you are passionate about and happy to put effort into – this is becoming the reality for some, and sought after by many.   The new buzzword is ’employee experience’, although an enjoyable work...

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Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism
May16

Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism

The fourth edition of the Aviva Working Lives Report, released today, shows shockingly that seven in ten UK employees – equivalent to 18 million nationally – have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off.   In contrast, less than a quarter (23%) say they have taken a day off work sick when they were not actually unwell, indicating that UK employees are three times more likely to go to work unwell than they are...

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The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture
May04

The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture

Guest post by Kelly Tucker, Director of HR Star Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that, on average, people in the UK spend 31 hours a week in work (33 if you work in London). On top of that, research has also shown that around a quarter of people leave their job because they feel ‘burnt out’. With so much of our time, and indeed lives, spent in work, it’s unsurprising that so many people are left feeling...

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Top tips for developing and motivating staff
Apr20

Top tips for developing and motivating staff

Peninsula’s Peter Done shares his three crucial tips on how employers can successfully develop their employees A business is only as strong as the people who operate within it. This is a sentiment, which is echoed in the organisational structure that has been built at Peninsula. The business mantra is “success starts here” so it is important to acknowledge that without the hard work and dedication of the talented individuals...

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Breaking-down the recognition barriers
Apr20

Breaking-down the recognition barriers

By Robert Ordever, Executive Director, O.C. Tanner Europe www.octanner.co.uk When was the last time you recognised a colleague’s great work? Was it today? Yesterday? Last week or was it such a long time ago you can’t remember? If you haven’t openly appreciated a co-worker for some time you aren’t alone. Research from the O.C. Tanner Institute* highlights that 29 per cent of employees surveyed had last given recognition over a month...

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Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement
Apr18

Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement

Office Genie surveyed 2,000 UK office workers and asked them about factors affecting their happiness in the workplace. Happiness levels were rated out of 5, with the average level of workplace happiness for British employees scoring at 3.63/5.  The findings made interesting reading: Welsh workers are happiest and Northern Ireland workers the least happy Overall, the report found little differentiation between the regions, but of the...

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AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow
Apr13

AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow

AXA Business Insurance has just been named Employer of the Month by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow. DYW Glasgow, which is supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, aims to increase industry links with education and move more young people into work. Today’s award recognises AXA’s role in piloting Scotland’s first Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services, which provides school pupils with flexible work-study placements in...

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How Seasonal is Your Workforce’s Productivity?
Apr13

How Seasonal is Your Workforce’s Productivity?

Guest blog by  Senior Recruiter, Lexie Newnham, Expert Market The brighter mornings and sunnier days of spring are something most of us look forward to every year. For many, the change of season means leaving the office with some of the day still left to enjoy after months of trudging home in the cold dark nights of winter. The warmer weather often brings a more relaxed atmosphere into any office, but how can you ensure your staff...

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Finding a creative solution to the productivity problem
Mar31

Finding a creative solution to the productivity problem

Guest post by Guy Kirkwood, COO and Chief Evangelist at UiPath It will come as no surprise to hear that the UK is still embroiled in a productivity slump, in fact, it’s something that businesses have had to contend with for a number of years. The most recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that labour productivity remains weak and lower than pre-crisis levels, making it more crucial than ever for...

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